Todd Wilander – Tenor
Todd Wilander – Tenor

Pasadena native Todd Wilander is thrilled to be singing with the Verdi Opera Chorus in this thrilling opera presentation of Cavalleria Rusticana. He has enjoyed the many times performing under Anne Marie Ketchum and her great leadership. Praised by Opera News for his “clear and sweet lyrical tone” and “brave, vocally assured portrayals” (The New York Times), Todd Wilander is one of America’s most sought-after leading tenors. Since winning The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he has appeared with the company as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor (James Levine), Harry in La fanciulla del West, and Ensemble 15 The Nose (HD movie) and covered many roles including Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Beppe in I Pagliacci, Der Nerr in Wozzeck, Congressman in Two Boys, Marcellus in Hamlet, Gambler 1 in Gambler, Malcolm in Macbeth, and Young Prisoner in From the House of the Dead. He was most recently engaged by the Met in the lead covers of Erik in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and as Riccardo in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.

Upcoming engagements include a return to the Metropolitan Opera covering Don Alvaro in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, and Faust in La Damnation de Faust (Berlioz) with Theater Erfurt (Germany).

Recent performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden include covering Samson in Samson, Canio in Pagliacci, and The Prince in Dvorak's Rusalka. He sang Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut for the Dorest Opera Festival (UK), Cavaradossi Tosca for the Angels Vocal Arts in Pasadena, Pollione Norma, Leicester Maria Stuarda and Duke Rigoletto for Opera Hong Kong, Don José Carmen covering for Canadian Opera Company, Rodolfo La Bohème with Opera Tampa and for Opera Long Island, New York, Radamès Aida at Bohème Opera New Jersey, Riccardo Un Ballo in Maschera for Amore Opera in New York, Erik Der Fliegende Holländer for Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, China, Florestan Fidelio with Symphony of the Vines (California) and the title role of Hoffmann Les Contes D’Hoffmann with Opera North (USA).

He appeared with New York City Opera as Charles Clayton in Stephen Schwartz’s Séance On A Wet Afternoon, Uberto in La donna del lago, and Harry in La fanciulla del West. For New York Opera Society he sang Rodolfo in La bohème and Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore.

Elsewhere in the U.S., he has appeared with Portland Opera as Rodolpho in View From The Bridge, Captain Leadbetter in Princess Sofia for Orpheus Project Juneau Alaska, Brooklyn Academy of Music as Molqi in Death of Klinghoffer, Pollione in Norma for Pacific Opera Northwest Washington, Don José in Carmen for Central Florida Lyric Opera, Calaf in Turandot at Mississippi Opera; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, with Opera Memphis and Bohème Opera New Jersey, the title role of Tito for West Bay Opera, at the Center for Contemporary Opera as Andrew in A Death in the Family, and later as Dimmesdale in Hester. Other companies with whom he has appeared include Madison Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, Santa Fe Opera as Young Servant in Elektra, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for St. Petersburg Opera, Florida, at Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as Nanki-Poo in Mikado, and as Fairfax in Yeoman of The Guard, at Opera Saskatchewan (Canada) as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Chautauqua Opera as Fenton in Falstaff, Grant Park Music Festival Chicago in the title role of Candide, Nevada Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Opera Orchestra of New York as Wilhelm Meister in Mignon, Opera Delaware as Macduff in Macbeth and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicch, Opera in the Ozarks in the title-role of Albert Herring, Glimmerglass Opera as Eurimaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse, the Coach in Bounce with Manhattan’s ADA Arts, and Camille in Merry Widow and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte for Opera Fairbanks, Alaska.

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